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Human Rights Office

the PWC Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Office

Mission: "To eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity for all persons within the county through advocacy and education."

 

WHO IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

In 1991 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of a Human Rights Study Committee to examine the need for a human rights commission based on growing diversity, population needs and resources. After several meetings and public hearings, the Study Committee determined that a need for a Human Rights Ordinance and an agency to enforce it existed. The Human Rights Ordinance would prohibit discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status or disability, in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit, in Prince William County. In Sept. 1992 the Board of County Supervisors established a Human Rights Ordinance, which created the Human Rights Commission to ensure that “each citizen is treated fairly, provided equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to participate in the benefits, rights, and privileges of community life.”

On Jan. 15, 1993, the Human Rights Ordinance became effective and the Commission Office opened to provide services. Residents are encouraged to use its services if they feel their rights are being violated in the areas of employment, fair housing, credit, education and public accommodation.​ 

 

News Release

October 23, 2017

 

PWC Human Rights Commission Accepting Nominations

The Prince William County Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for its Annual Human Rights Award.  Individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses, may be nominated for outstanding accomplishments in the area of human rights in Prince William County. 

This year's award recipients will be honored at the annual observance of Universal Human Rights Day to be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA  22192.

The mandate of the Human Rights Commission is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, or disability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit.

Click here to receive a nomination form or contact our office to receive a form to nominate an individual, organization or business you feel is worthy of this award.  The deadline for submitting nominations is November 23, 2017.  Nominations may be emailed to pwhrc@pwcgov.org, mailed or delivered to the Human Rights Commission, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 125, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191.  You can also fax your nomination to 703-792-6944.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Human Rights Commission office at (703) 792-4680 during normal business hours. 

 

 


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